Overall the assignment was well received, comments being in the good to excellent range, so I am happy to have gotten a good start to the more formal aspects of the course.
The weakest of the 9 pairs were:
Hard-Soft: The contrast was not immediately visible from the image pair, it need the commentary to explain why the images represented hard and soft. I agree, I pushed the concept to far, and got carried away in the story rather than the imagery. A closer crop of the bags would yield a softer image. What I wanted to show here was how the passage of time can transform a hard unyielding object into something soft and pliable. The back story to this made it more compelling to me. A better selection of subject would have been to take an apple and photograph it as it slowly rotted. I did originally think of this, but rejected it due to the time commitment and that my concept would have attracted the flies
Smooth-Rough: The weakness here was more in the execution and perhaps poor choice of subject. The concept was good, but I struggled to find pebbles/stones that looked soft in the large and rough in detail. I did think about using soft focus or very shallow DoF to smooth the pebbles, but felt this would have been a cheat. The final smooth image worked OK, but the rough image was too fine a detail
Much-Little: Here the concept was strong, timing was the limitation. I made multiple attempts at this combination, photographing a variety of situations, however, at a certain point I needed to complete the work and call it a wrap. This is one where I really was frustrated by the lack of subject matter. Normally the city is full of people asking for a coin or two. The image I used was the best of a limited selection, now that the Oktoberfest is over the city is once again full of people asking for money, grrr....
The real pity was the following image:
When I took it, my thought was YES, got the image, on the camera back it looked fine - when I got home it was blurred. This was exactly what I wanted from Much/Little, the guy playing guitar had no socks and was really run down (the music was scary) and the man with the kids had so much. This was what I wanted, but it was a fleeting moment and my technique really let me down.
Otherwise my tutor was of the opinion that I do not have enough comment in the blog around my thought process and also what didn't work and why. I am trying to work that in now, although in some of the projects the brief is very simple and it can be hard to talk around the subject.